South Sudan Independence Day

South Sudanese from throughout the country and the world came together on July 9 in the capital city of Juba to celebrate the birth of the new nation, the Republic of South Sudan. Independence day comes 6 years after the signing of a peace agreement that ended two decades of civil war between the Arab-dominated north and the predominantly African and Christian people of the south, a war that cost more than 2 million lives. Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse, met with President of South Sudan Salva Kiir on Sunday to congratulate him and encourage him in prayer and Godly counsel as he leads this new nation. Samaritan’s Purse will continue to work in Sudan and South Sudan to help meet physical and spiritual needs and to demonstrate God’s love to the people of both nations.